Wednesday, January 16, 2008

MRI confirms ACL tear for Penn State's Claxton

An MRI conducted Wednesday confirmed that Penn State senior forward Geary Claxton suffered a season-ending ACL injury on Tuesday, a setback that ends his collegiate career.

Claxton also suffered a bone bruise in the knee and is expected to undergo surgery to repair the damage, and begin rehabilitation sometime at the end of January or early February.

Claxton went up for a rebound with 13:21 to play in the first half of Penn State's 80-55 loss to 17th-ranked Wisconsin, came down with all of his weight on one leg and his knee buckled beneath him.

Claxton exited the game and did not return. It was the first time he had been held scoreless in his tenure at State College, and the seven minutes played were the fewest he has played in one game.

"I just feel horrible for him," said Penn State coach Ed DeChellis. "He has been a great kid for us for the three-and-a-half years he has been with us. He was a great ball player, great student, a great person for our program.

"I really can't put it in words. He has worked really hard. He wanted to do great things this year. He could have done some great things for us. But, now we've got to figure out what our next move is and regroup as a team. We've got to band together and bond together and go back to work."

Claxton finished his Penn State career as the school's fifth all-time leading scorer (1,542 points) and fourth all-time rebounder (755). He is just the sixth player to lead Penn State in scoring for three straight seasons.

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